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Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. (AP Photo)

NRC reviews allegations in Texas after Markey seeks probe

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing allegations of retaliation against agency staff who raised safety concerns about a Nebraska power plant, which prompted a U.S. lawmaker to demand an investigation.  More »
This photo taken and released by Rio de Janeiro's government, shows an aerial view of a boat crossing an area of an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro state's environment secretary, Carlos Minc, says Brazil is expected to fine Chevron nearly $28 million for the ongoing offshore oil spill and will also ask Chevron to pay for damages caused by the Atlantic spill. Minc said Monday he considers the fine way too lenient, but it's the maximum allowed under current Brazilian law. (AP Photo/Rio de Janeiro's government,Rogerio Santana)

Chevron Brazil spill shows drillers still trip in crises

Last Nov. 7, something went wrong at a deep-sea oil well operated by Chevron Corp. (CVX) 230 miles (370 kilometers) northeast of Rio de Janeiro.  More »
Supporters of a successful effort in 2012 to renationalize Argentina's largest oil company, YPF, wave flags. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Argentina’s YPF seizure jeopardizes Vaca Muerta funds, IEA says

Argentina’s seizure of YPF SA (YPFD), the country’s biggest oil producer, may deter investment in the Vaca Muerta field that contains more than 20 billion barrels of oil equivalent, the International Energy Agency said.  More »
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$1B pipeline project could wrap up by end of 2013

Construction on a more than $1 billion oil pipeline replacement project in Michigan could wrap up by the end of 2013 if the project gets regulatory approval.  More »
A drilling rig aims for oil in the Bakken Shale near Watford City, N.D. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

ND oil patch airport might need $100M to upgrade

Dickinson officials say the city airport might need $100 million in the next five years to accommodate growth, and that the city might have to foot more of the bill than usual.  More »
A deep-water drilling rig works in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Jin Liangkuai)

Experts say U.S. should do more to thwart spill from Cuban drilling

As the Spanish company Repsol nears its target depth for an exploratory oil well in Cuban waters, experts told a forum in Washington that the U.S. hasn’t done enough to prevent an accident on the site, or respond to one if it occurs.  More »
The Conoco oil refinery in Rodeo, Calif.,  at sunset. (AP file photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Report: Carbon capture not growing fast enough to reduce CO2 pollution

Analysis by the Worldwatch Institute found that global spending on carbon capture and storage technology has stagnated, at $23.5 billion.  More »
A cloud of natural gas spews from an out-of-control gas well owned by Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, about 10 miles northeast of Douglas, Wyo. Residents living without 2 1/2 miles of the well have been given the choice to evacuate. The well blew out Tuesday afternoon and no injuries have been reported. (AP Photo/Casper Star-Tribune, Dan Cepeda)

Report released on Chesapeake well blowout

State oil and gas regulators are blaming mechanical failure for a natural gas well blowout in eastern Wyoming last month.  More »
The blowout preventer stack used at BP's failed Macondo well is lifted out of the Gulf of Mexico in September 2010. (AP file photo/Patrick Semansky)

Got a spare? Extra BOP can reduce drilling downtime.

Some offshore drillers are adding spare blowout preventers so one can protect their wells while the second is down for maintenance or inspection.  More »
This is an undated handout photo issued by Total E&P UK Ltd of Total's Elgin PUQ (Process/Utilities/Quarters)  platform. A two-mile exclusion zone has been set up around the offshore platform in the North Sea which has been evacuated after a gas leak, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The leak on Total's Elgin PUQ platform, about 150 miles (241km) off the coast of Aberdeen, led to the evacuation of all 238 workers on Sunday. (AP Photo  / TOTAL E&P UK Ltd)

Total will attempt to plug leaking Elgin well within days

Total SA, Europe’s third-largest oil producer, plans to begin within days an attempt to plug a North Sea well that has leaked natural gas for almost seven weeks.  More »
2012 Fisker Karma. (Photo: Fisker Automotive)

$100K electric vehicle being investigated after Sugar Land fire

A $100,000 electric car is suspected in sparking a fire at a Sugar Land home last week, according to media reports.  More »
Deborah Delauro waits as she puts gas in her car in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Gasoline prices continue their month-long slide

Gasoline prices are continuing their downward trend as prices dropped 7 cents in Houston over the past week, according to AAA gas gauge.  More »